Mark Lynn Monkres, 52, Tulsa, passed away at his home on April 23, 2014,
from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer. Mark was an Eagle Scout
(Troop 20) and a member of Kappa Alpha Order (Beta Iota Chapter). He graduated
Edison High School, Tulsa, Class of '80, and Drury University in Springfield,
Missouri. Mark was employed as an instrumentation outside salesman for
M&D Controls, Vector, in Tulsa.
Mark was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, water-ski, ride a motorcycle
and was extremely knowledgeable of engines or anything mechanical. A member
of Oklahoma Boat Racing Association, he raced hydroplanes, and owned his
own team, and was the happiest when he was piloting his boat O-49, in
a race. He had also been active in the Heartland Classics Antique and
Classic Boat Club in past years. Mark loved to cook and entertain friends,
create things from wood, paint, work in the yard, garden and most of all
he loved life. He possessed so many great qualities, had a tremendous
sense of humor and was a gentleman always.
Mark was diagnosed with his cancer in early February of this year and lived
each day to the fullest.
Mark was preceded in death by: paternal grandparents H.H (Buddy) and Ella
Monkres; maternal grandparents Howard and Martha Heffington; great uncles
Jerry Keith and Hobert Heffington and cousin Carole Heffington Goddard.
He is survived by his constant companion of 47 years, Melissa Backward
of the home; his daughter Marissa Lynn Monkres of Springfield, Missouri;
parents Terry and Myrna Monkres of Tulsa; sister Cynthia Davis and husband
LaVere of Tulsa; brother Tim Monkres and wife Carolyn of Tulsa; nephews
Blake Brownlee of St. Louis, Missouri, Mark Brownlee and Matthew Brownlee
of Tulsa. He is also survived by great aunt Roberta Keith of Carlsbad,
NM; cousin Vicki Kirchner and husband Tom, also of Carlsbad, NM; uncle
and aunt Don and Barbara Heffington of Tulsa; cousin Donnie Heffington
and wife Melanie of Tulsa; also survived by Uncle and Aunt Duane and Yvonne
Monkres of Edmond, and cousins Gary and Rusty Monkres of Edmond, Oklahoma
and a host of loving friends.
Memorial Service for Mark will be held Monday, May 5, 2014, 1 PM, at First
Presbyterian Church Tulsa.